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Guy Fawkes in Galapagos: Remember, remember the ‘Finch’ of November…

By | Galapagos, History

Note on our blog title: our ‘finch’ is a play on the words that were used in the poem that was written in honor of the Gunpowder Plot (seen below).

fifth of november poemWhen it comes to the 5th of November (aka. Guy Fawkes Day), the images that tend to come to mind are those of: the face of Guy Fawkes, British Parliament, explosive materials and maybe even that slice of Hollywood that was V for Vendetta. However, seldom thought of is the idea of Guy Fawkes in Galapagos. Was he ever there? No. But did he manage to somehow have a group of islands named after him? Yes indeed! Read More

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Commemorating the Last Day of Charles Darwin’s Visit to Galapagos

By | Galapagos, History

October 20th, 1835 –

The HMS Beagle has now concluded the end of its Galapagos Islands survey. This is the last day of Charles Darwin’s visit to Galapagos. By this point, Captain Fitzroy, his Officers, and Crew have prepared the vessel for the extra long 3,200-mile (5,150 kilometer) crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Next Destination: Society Islands (Tahiti). Read More

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Whalers in Galapagos: The First Era of Economic Activity in the Archipelago

By | Animals, Galapagos, History

Whalers in Galapagos – Before oil (petroleum) was discovered, the World was a much darker place. Lights were dim, industries were just being born, machinery was very basic, and combustion of various contraptions relied on whale oil. Consequently, any economic endeavor that was worth investing in was, almost always, related to maritime activities. Read More

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Charles Darwin in Galapagos: The HMS Beagle leaves the Port of Callao, Bound for the Enchantes Isles

By | Galapagos, History

The voyage of the HMS Beagle is now around four years old. Charles Darwin has jumped to the official position of on board Naturalist, after Robert McCormick quit the position back in Rio de Janeiro. It is now September 7th, 1835 and, just about a month ago, Darwin writes to his sister Catherine: “I am very anxious to see the Galapagos Islands – I think both the Geology and Zoology will not fail in being very interesting.”
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La Pinta Darwin Day celebrations included lectures about Darwin's life and evolutionary theory.

Famous People That Have Visited Galapagos

By | Galapagos, History

The Galapagos Islands tend to procure images of a whole new world, replete with foreign life that counters our common understanding of organisms and their behavior in the wild. Surreal and freshly-made volcanic landscapes serve as the canvas for these species to paint over with their eccentric textures, remarkable body forms and quirky yet almost friendly behavioral patterns. Upon reading such a description, it might come as no surprise that hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to visit the islands over the past decades in hopes of believing what their imagination has conjured up. Many of these have travelled from around the world to experience it with their own set of senses, some of them as famous as the people we’ve heard about in the news, seen in movies or read about in our history and biology classes.
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